Poolside Reads for 2017


Few can deny the simple pleasure of reading a good book by the pool—but with bookshelves upon bookshelves of reading material to choose from, how do you decide what pick to bring out to the water?

While the options truly are endless, we’ve put together a list of a few fun categories to consider as you relax by your pool this spring. Take a look!

The book that brings you back

For many poolside readers, the best book to enjoy by the water is one they’ve already read once, twice, or several times. As you relax, you can soak up that feeling of nostalgia and enjoy the leisure of reading without focusing too much on the specifics of the novel at hand. If that sounds like your poolside style, try a classic from your childhood—anything from “Harry Potter” to C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia,” two fantast series that are sure to bring you back.

The getaway novel

Lounging poolside is a getaway in and of itself—in fact, as you float around in the pool or kick back poolside, it’s easy to forget that you’re just feet away from your home! But to add to the spirit of adventure and travel, you can try a novel that explores one-of-a-kind destinations you can only dream of experiencing—stories like “Gulliver’s Travels,” which focuses on the fantastical adventures of a global explorer, or “Wild,” a nonfiction story that talks of one woman’s experience with a different kind of getaway, an 1,100-mile trek around the Pacific Coast!

The book of poetry

It’s no wonder that some of the world’s most renowned poets sought natural outdoor escapes for inspiration. For a double dose of inspiration, try reading your favorite book of poems while soaking up the sun in your own natural escape.

The “indulge in yourself” magazine

Your afternoon by the pool can be spent indulging in the magazines you never have time for otherwise—whether they focus on style, design, DIY projects or your favorite TV show, you deserve the chance to leaf through them as you enjoy time in your backyard pool!

The mystery

If you like to get lost in a novel with as few interruptions as possible, then your poolside reading session might be the perfect time to crack open a mystery novel. Since you’re outdoors (and likely removed from technology or the distractions of home), you’ll be able to put all of your attention into the mystery at hand. For a classic “whodunit,” try a title like “The Maltese Falcon” or a short story collection focusing on the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.

The nonfiction go-to

For lovers of nonfiction, the pool is a great place to catch up on must-read material—biographies of influential people you look up to, or travel books highlighting the features of your next vacation.

What’s your go-to book or magazine for pool days? Let us know below, and happy reading!

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